1942 Mobile

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Faithful recreation of a classic arcade action game.

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Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

While you shoot enemy planes down and they occasionally explode, there's no human suffering shown. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 1942 Mobile is an app adaptation of the classic arcade game. While there's some violence (the point of the game is to shoot down enemy planes), it's mild and dampened by the game's 8-bit graphics. There's no inappropriate content or in-app purchases to be concerned about, only the joy of reliving one of gaming's classics. To save your high scores, though, you will need to log in with your Google account. Learn what Capcom does with your personal information in their privacy policy

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What's it about?

In 1942 MOBILE, you step into the cockpit of a flying ace. As a pilot on an eternal patrol, you'll shoot down swarms of enemy planes and search for power-ups. Players have to avoid kamikaze pilots by doing barrel rolls and constantly stay on the move if they want to stay alive, shooting down everything that moves.

Is it any good?

Like the quarter-gobbling machine it sprang from, this game is an eternal joy. 1942 Mobile is a faithful, well-executed transition to a new platform and remains as addictive (and challenging) as its arcade incarnation. You'll once again shoot down swarms of enemy pilots as you fly your 8-bit plane over an endless ocean, maneuvering your craft across the screen to dodge incoming fire and barrel-rolling to avoid collisions. The game is set in the Pacific theater, and your ultimate goal is to destroy the entire Japanese air fleet. But, as in many 1980s games, 1942 Mobile is less focused on plot and centers its attentions entirely on gameplay.

To avoid frustrating new players, the game now offers a casual mode that starts you with all the bonus weapons you collect during the game. It's a throwback to simpler gaming days that some people may not appreciate, but those who liked the original will certainly find something to enjoy here -- and won't have to keep rushing over to the change machine to break another dollar. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how much technology has advanced in a short time. Where do you think it will go next?

  • Talk about good versus evil -- and the need to stand up for what's right. Do you feel like this struggle is shown properly in this classic arcade game?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: 1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: March 9, 2017
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Size: 79.20 MB
  • Publisher: CAPCOM
  • Version: 1.00.00
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Requires Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: March 21, 2017

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